Managing the Windsor of Ireland:
Galway’s town council 1603 to 1653
by Dr. Bríd McGrath

Galway was a very wealthy town in the early 17th century; this paper explores the membership of Galway’s town council, the men who controlled and managed the city in the first half of the 17th. century.  This talk looks at who were the members, how many of them came from which of Galway’s famous tribes, how did they deal with the pressure to appoint protestant mayors and bailiffs, what do we know about these men and their wealth and their role within and outside the city.  The talk is based on Galway’s famous Liber A, the corporation records [see it online] and other material from archives in Ireland and some recently discovered letters from the famous Galway lawyer Patrick Darcy now held in the Huntington Library, California.

Bríd McGrath is a Research Associate in the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College Dublin and this talk is based on research undertaken as Visiting Research Fellow at the Moore Institute, N.U.I.G. and the Huntington Library, California.

Bríd is an expert on early modern Irish parliaments and Irish towns.  She is the editor of the Minute Book of the Corporation of Clonmel, 1608-1649. (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2006), the Letter Book of George, 16th. Earl of Kildare. (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2013) and Acts of the Corporation of Coleraine, 1623-1669. (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2015), and many articles and papers on early modern Ireland.